Monday, May 16, 2022

Aisling Daly Retires After Abnormality Turns Up On Brain Scan

Last year, SBG Ireland coach John Kavanagh decided to require that all his fighters undergo brain scans before representing his gym in combat. It sparked a fair amount of talk in the MMA world — but today, one key member of his gym has retired due to an abnormality in her brain scan. Aisling Daly, a veteran of The Ultimate Fighter 20, has called it a day as a result of a “small hemorrhage” likely incurred months earlier.

Daly, who also fought under Bellator, Cage Rage, Cage Warriors, and Invicta FC during the course of her twenty-two fight pro career, last competed in 2015 at UFC Fight Night 76. There she won a unanimous decision victory over Ericka Almeida to bring her UFC career to 2-1. She had not been seen in action since.

In a heartfelt post to social media, Daly explained that it was unlikely she could be cleared to compete, and even if she could find a doctor who would clear her, it would be extremely unwise.

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